Merkel Wants to Use Failed Iran Deal as Model to Solve North Korea Problem



Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has again floated the idea of using the failed 2015 Iran nuclear deal to act as a model in order to negotiate peace with North Korea.
Merkel has previously brought up this possibility recently, during a podcast in Germany.
Claiming that diplomacy is the only possible solution to handling the problem with North Korea, Merkel has stated that by lifting sanctions and negotiating, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un could possibly be convinced to “tone back” his extremely violent and hostile rhetoric towards the United States.
The problem is, the Iran deal was a failure, and now, Iran itself is working on its own nuclear arsenal, and has largely ignored the terms of the nuclear deal.
The disastrous Iran nuclear deal ended with a rogue nation that was essentially given billions of dollars for free, as well as a free pass to build their nuclear weapons capabilities, and have now become far more dangerous than ever.
What Merkel is suggesting is to basically give in to Kim Jong-un’s demands, and to “reward” his behavior by giving him money, as he continues to flout international sanctions and rules by blatantly testing nuclear technology.
From Fox News
German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again has stressed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – negotiated with U.N. Security Council members and Germany – as a model for solving the North Korea crisis.
“If our participation in talks is wanted, I will say yes immediately,” Merkel said in an interview published Sunday in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.
Merkel said a diplomatic solution was the only viable way to resolve the crisis – which has seen North Korea launch a series of missile tests as well as test what it said was a hydrogen bomb.
The actions by North Korea have antagonized the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific region. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened a missile attack on the U.S. territory of Guam and even the U.S. mainland – prompting warnings of retaliation, in the form of economic sanctions and possible military action, from Trump and other U.S. officials.
The U.S. plans to seek a strong resolution Monday from the U.N. Security Council in a bid to convince North Korea to end its provocations and tone down its rhetoric.
Merkel previously raised the possibility of using the Iran deal as a model during a podcast earlier this month, Fox News reported.
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany conducted long-running talks with Iran that led to a 2015 deal for international sanctions to be lifted in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear activities.
Merkel told the newspaper: “I could also imagine such a format to settle the North Korea conflict.”
The chancellor is expected to win a fourth term in office when Germany holds elections Sept. 24 vote, with polls giving her conservatives a double-digit lead over their rival Social Democrats, Reuters reported.
Merkel has spoken in recent days to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding North Korea. Sources told Reuters that she would speak by phone Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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